Indian Railways has deployed UAV/Drone cameras for monitoring the maintenance of tracks and infrastructure says Rajen Gohain, Minister of State of Railways in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.
Indian Railways has carried out periodic monitoring of track geometry and condition through inspection by designated officer with Track Recording Car (TRC) and Oscillation Monitoring System (OMS). Instructions have been issued to all zonal railways and public sector units (PSUs) for using UAV/Drone as an efficient tool for mapping and monitoring of transportation corridors, projects etc.
Indian Railways is using Drones in the following manner:
To overcome visibility of part of bridges difficult to access manually, drone inspection of few bridges are under consideration for drone usage by Indian Railways.
One drone camera has been procured for the surveillance of railway tracks at vulnerable locations over South Western Railway. Two UAV/drones are being deployed at Modern Coach Factory, Rae Bareilly for overhead watch and surveillance. One Drone is being used by West Central Railway for inspection and project monitoring. Various Public Sector Units (PSU) under Ministry of Railways are using drones for project monitoring.